Yfat YossiforFort Worth Star-TelegramJudges Comments
- A moving piece in honor of Xavier Hernandez. Simple and well put together, with interviews from his family that paints a loving memory of him and archival pictures that bring his personality alive. - Heartbreaking. Solid structure. Appreciate the directness of the opening text, moving into the "who" of who we've lost and what the family hopes for going forward.
Cheantay JensenLong Beach PostJudges Comments
- Loved the story, very inspiring to hear about Amy’s personal journey and how she incorporates her identity and values into her art. Nice way of showing the process of her working on creating her jewelry pieces to finished products, as we hear about how much it means to her. - Thoughtful exploration of her motivation for making jewelry and the process of crafting jewelry along with the process of understanding one's own identity. Nicely shot, appreciate the use of camera angle/motion to play up the reflective qualities of the materials.
Mykal McEldowneyThe Indianapolis StarJudges Comments
- Good story, with some experimental visuals. The music was competing with his voice especially at the beginning, which was distracting. After the first half, when he talks about his practice, the music starts to feel repetitive, maybe a different track would work better here. Extra points for an unusual, creative treatment of the story. - Energetic opening. Creative, non-literal use of the stock footage (for instance, the dark clouds over the city are evocative of the dark elements of growing up in a "rough" neighborhood; the percussive slam of the doors/shot of the jail cell were a nice punctuation mark in the flow of the story).
Judges: Mika Chance/OceanX & Zulfiya Hamzaki/Documentary Filmmaker